TBM delivered 1,200 pairs of protective glasses and four pallets of plastic sheeting April 2 to Baylor Scott & White Health to help healthcare workers battle the coronavirus pandemic.
The glasses can be worn by medical professionals on the frontlines of the growing situation. TBM leaders delivered the supplies to the Baylor Scott & White Health Faith in Action Initiatives, which will distribute them.
“Texas Baptist Men has faithfully worked with Baylor Scott & White Health for decades, helping us better serve our staff, patients, and the community,” said Don Sewell, director of Faith in Action Initiatives for Baylor Scott & White Heath. “We are inspired by their generosity to help healthcare workers on the frontline as they continue to serve those who need us most. During these unprecedented times, it is inspiring to see everyone come together to make a difference.”
The plastic sheeting can be used to guide people and separate patients in the event that the disease spreads widely enough that such measures are needed. If the sheeting isn’t needed during the pandemic in the Dallas area, it will be used for overseas medical work.
“We’re honored to help the men and women who are fighting on behalf of all us,” said Dwain Carter, director of TBM Disaster Relief. “We’re all in this together. By giving them what they need, we’re seeking to deliver help, hope and healing to those who have been infected with the virus as well as those who will be.”
The donation comes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. On April 1, Dallas County reported 100 new cases, the most for any single day. There have been 731 COVID-19 cases in Dallas County alone.
The delivery comes a week after TBM donated 15,000 N-95 masks for medical professionals and first responders throughout the state. Typically, TBM uses those masks when volunteers clean out flooded homes, but the ministry donated all they had when leaders saw the need in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“National leaders have told us that this situation could get worse,” Carter said. “This is an all-hands-on-deck situation. We need to give everything we have. We happened to have masks, plastic sheeting and glasses. We pray these donations protect medical professionals and save lives.”
TBM has responded to every major natural disaster in Texas since 1967 with a variety of efforts, including mass feeding, chainsaw teams, mud out teams, child care and shower and laundry units. The organization served more than 1.7 million meals after Hurricane Harvey alone.
TBM ministries are made possible by gifts from people like you. To support TBM, visit TBMTX.org/donate. 100 percent of donations earmarked for disaster relief support disaster relief ministries.